Welcome back to the Labuan Bajo mission. We were to provide you the next post on an overview of how you prepare and undertake a mission trip, but we have just received some clips of the postulancy ceremony at the monastery so we are giving you an update on this instead.

Ten young men who commenced as candidates in 2015, and are subsequently becoming aspirants have now recited the formula of postulancy and have become postulants. These men now wear white cassocks with white belts and of course habit rosaries (rosaries are kindly supplied by Eileen O’Reilly from Boonah, and Tina and Trevor from Brisbane). These young men will soon travel to the Philippines to continue their religious studies as novices. May God bless them and protect them on their religious journey of serving the poor.

Finally, some news on the professed brothers (blue belts) now at the Labuan Bajo mission: the new Superior is Br Nerlito (as Br Emmanuel has been transferred from Labuan Bajo mission); together with Brothers Marc, Geoffrey and Simon, and new to the mission is Br Prisca.

We will check in again soon with our next mission story from Labuan Bajo.

Till then blessings to all

Trevor and Tina

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Waiting for mass to commence to celebrate the postulancy ceremony at the monastery, Labuan Bajo

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Mass commences

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The 10 aspirants reciting the formula of postulancy

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The disabled residents who live in the apostolate on look the ceremony (most are dressed in NJC rugby jerseys kindly donated by Ambrose Treacy College, Brisbane)

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The new disabled resident at the apostolate: his name is Benedicto

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The new proud postulants with Br Prisca (second from right), against a backdrop of the Labuan Bajo Bay

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